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July 15, 2011

One Small Thing: Unplug Your Stuff

One_small_thing_logoThe amount of atmospheric carbon has skyrocketed. And world leaders are balking at doing anything about it. What can one person do? Not much -- unless a lot of people take part.

That's why once a week until Earth Day 2012, we'll post one small thing you can do to lessen your carbon footprint. Indicate that you're on board by liking and sharing the small thing. The goal is to get enough people participating that one small thing will turn into be a very big deal. Check out the previous small things here. This week's thing is:

#13. Unplugged.

Even if they're turned off, many electronic devices use energy as long as they're connected to a wall socket. The Department of Energy believes five percent of electricity use in the U.S. is wasted on electronics in stand-by mode. Unplug your stuff -- DVD players, computers, cell phone chargers -- while you sleep or when it's not in use. Seem like a hassle? Connect devices to a smart power strip so that you'll have fewer plugs to unplug.


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